For centuries, Black writers have documented our tragedies and triumphs–challenging our hearts and minds in the process. They range from Lucy Terry, a slave who is America’s first black poet, to novelist Terry McMillan. Today’s emerging writers, such as Haitian author Edwidge Danticat, continue the tradition. In celebration of Black History Month, BET Weekend has assembled an abbreviated chronology of African-American contributions to literature.
(provided by June King)